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Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s Los Angeles Broad Museum Tops Out

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Rendering of The Broad. Image courtesy the Broad Art Foundation.

Yesterday, The Broad, an upcoming contemporary arts museum in downtown Los Angeles designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro (not to be confused with The Broad Museum of Art, the other Eli and Edyth Broad venture in Lansing, Michigan) held a topping-out ceremony, at which architects, city officials, and construction workers signed a final ceremonial beam to be placed at the top of the structure. When complete, the building will consist of “a light-controlled vault covered by a permeable, custom-formed GFRC veil,” as ARCHITECT Magazine described it. Visitors will enter through what appears like a lifted corner, a signature feature of the New York-based firm’s recent Alice Tully Hall renovation. The 120,000-square-foot building, expected to be complete by early 2014, will serve three function as a public museum, private storage of the Broad archive, and headquarters for the Broad Art Foundation.

- Kelly Chan

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